side by side cider review

Ok, I know we’ve been talking a lot about cider on here for a while. But to me, nothing tastes more like winter time than this delicious apple beverage. So to all you cider newbies out there that are curious and aren’t sure which cider is right for them; this blog is for you. Please keep in mind, this is the opinion of one person. Feel free to disagree or agree in the comment section.

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Today we will be discussing Angry Orchard, Woodchuck and Redds Apple Ale.  As you can see, these ciders are quite diverse visually. Redds resembles a fancy beer; Angry Orchard looks like something Tim Burton dreamed up and Woodchuck is simple and classic. But when you get them out of the bottle, you’d be hard pressed to see a difference. Oh, but there is. Lets start with the smell. Woodchuck smells of sweet apples and apple juice; very pleasant. Angry Orchard smells less sweet, a bit sour but not unpleasant. Redds Apple Ale doesn’t smell sweet in the slightest and the smell (IMO) is not pleasant. Keep in mind, I’m a cider traditionalist and like my ciders to smell of apples. Redds did not and thus didn’t do it for me in the bouquet department. I know, I know! Who cares about the smell? Your question is more likely “how does it taste?” And here is where the ciders show that they have more differences than similarities.

Woodchuck is very traditional. It smells and tastes like apples. Both good signs for a cider traditionalist like myself. My only gripe is that it is a bit too sweet for me. I can’t drink more than two of these. But those two will go down well and taste like desert.

Redds is being advertised as a cider, but in my opinion it really isn’t. It has almost no sweetness. There is a light, very slight apple flavor that only shows up as an aftertaste. If you are trying this for the first time and take a big swig expecting a cider, you’ll have a rude awakening ahead. It tastes more like a light beer and less like a cider. Which is fine, as long as you aren’t expecting the sweet, apple nectar of the gods. It’s a nice change up from your regular beer.  But it’s still not a cider.

Admittedly, the Angry Orchard artwork most appeals to me out of the three. It just looks cool. I wanted to like it best. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. Sweet but not too sweet with a strong apple flavor. The aftertaste doesn’t linger into sourness. Not too bubbly, not too dry. I felt like a goldfish drinking this. Every new drink I would audibly “MMMMM’ like I had completely forgotten it’s magical flavor.  It is the clear winner for me out of the three.

so here’s the less wordy cliffnotes:

Redds Apple Ale: For the beer drinker looking for something different. For people who don’t like sweet beverages. For people who want to like cider, but actually don’t. This is the cider for you.

Woodchuck: For the casual drinker who only wants a drink or possibly two. For people who like sweet, fruity drinks. For people who don’t like beer much but are sick of wine coolers and flavored beverages. Try this one at your next get together.

Angry Orchard: For people who like sweet but not too sweet beverages. For people who enjoy a crisp, fresh apple flavor. For people who like cider but want to actually have more than 1 or 2. This is the cider for you.

Welp, that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed this short cider review. I hope to do more of these in the future. Taste tests are fun! Try your own this weekend and see what your findings are.

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